‘Sol omnibus lucet’: Water tank mural ‘shines upon us all’

Muralists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel work on a massive municipal water tank and transform it into a vibrant, inviting piece of art.

The pair, business partners and friends since high school, won a $75,000 city grant last fall to make pretty a new 4 million-gallon water tank in East Davis. About 80 percent of their budget will cover the cost of materials, including three large metal sculptures.

Because the tank faces Interstate 80, city officials wanted it to be an eye-catching signature that would remind commuters of everything Davis is and has to offer.

“ ‘Discovery’ was our most key word,” Christophel said, and Lacin agreed. “We thought for months about ‘discovery.’ “

Author McConahay to appear at Avid Reader

Acclaimed author, journalist and filmmaker Mary Jo McConahay will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., in downtown Davis at 7:30 p.m. Friday to discuss her new book, “Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest.” In “Maya Roads,” McConahay draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central […]

Taste wine and benefit DHS Madrigals

The Davis High School Madrigals will sing, and adults can sample Yolo County wines, during a fundraiser titled “A Taste of Yolo County” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Osteria Fasulo restaurant, 2657 Portage Bay Ave. East in Davis. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at Watermelon Music, 207 E St., or by emailing […]

Broadway comes to Davis for ‘One Night Only’

Some of the Sacramento area’s most sought-after award-winning talents take the stage Thursday to entertain audiences with “One Night Only,” a fundraiser benefiting the Davis Musical Theatre Company. Featuring some of Broadway’s rare gems, this one-night benefit will showcase many songs never before performed on the DMTC stage. “From the popular to the obscure, this […]

Environment showcased at film festival

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival returns Thursday evening with inspirational films that share stories about the environment and community participation. This year’s event will include a silent auction and raffle. Doors to the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St., open at 6:30 p.m. with the films beginning at […]

Author wants to ‘unmake’ war

Author Kathleen Barry will present her recent book, “Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers, and Ourselves,” on Saturday, Oct. 22. Her talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Amid all of the war news that saturates our lives, this book answers […]

‘Real Steel:’ A knock-out

“Real Steel” 3.5 stars Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn Rating: PG-13 for intense action, brief violence and fleeting profanity Well, color me surprised. Previews for “Real Steel” made it look like an unholy marriage between “Rocky” and “Transformers,” with the worst qualities of both. And, […]

Library’s eBook collection is compatible with Kindle

WOODLAND — The Yolo County Library’s eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Library patrons can download free popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device, or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad or Android. To get started, visit www.yolocountylibrary.org. Yolo County […]

‘Growing Old Gracefully’ is book group’s topic

The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, welcomes readers to its active older adult book group from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Blanchard Room. The featured title for this month will be Joan Chittister’s “The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully.” The book group will continue to discuss […]

Farmers Market wants holiday music

The Davis Farmers Market is looking for Davis community musical groups that would like to perform holiday music at the Saturday markets on Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Groups may perform for 30 minutes or one hour, and can sign up to perform for one date or more. Interested groups may contact the Davis […]

Jam with folk musicians in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments — fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, you name it — and play together informally over the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

She helped heal others’ pain, and now it’s her turn

Thirty years after a fire devastated her family, Joan Callaway has written a book about her experiences, the story of one woman’s climb out of the abyss after sudden loss, a story of survival, coping and healing of the whole family.

She would go on to help found Bereavement Outreach, Citizens Who Care, and All Things Right & Relevant. Joan was handed lemons and continued to make lemonade. Her book shows how she did it

The book, “It’s an Ill Wind, Indeed, … that blows no good” is available at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis; as an eBook through Amazon.com; or by contacting Joan directly at callaway@cal.net.

Birthday party planned for South Davis library branch

All are invited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Yolo County Library’s satellite branch at Montgomery Elementary School, 1441 Danbury St. in South Davis, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The library has been open two days a week for the past year, thanks to the support of the Davis Joint […]

Learn contra dancing in Davis

Want to learn contra dancing? A free beginner’s lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. The dance follows at 8 p.m., to music by the Angell Brothers with caller Erik Hoffman. Newcomers will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. For more information, visit www.sactocds.org.